Biography

Named « the world’s best flute and guitar duo » by Classical Guitar magazine UK

Before completing her master’s degree at Université de Montréal, Nadia graduated from the Québec conservatory of music with first-class honours and great distinction, and was awarded the Governor General’s Medal for outstanding academic performance. Nadia has received grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the FCAR fund. As a soloist, her repertoire includes the Concerto No. 2 by Mozart, the Concerto No. 7 by Devienne, the Concerto Tradicionuevo for flute, guitar and orchestra by Patrick Roux (commissioned Canadian Composition), the Fantaisie brillante sur Carmen by Borne, and her transcription of Zigeunerweisen by Sarasate, works that she has performed with ensembles such as the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre symphonique de l’Estuaire, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra and the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra. She toured North America, Europe, and Asia as principal flute of the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra. In that capacity, she worked with world-famous soloists including Anne-Sophie Mutter and James Ehnes, and with conductors such as Kurt Masur, Yoav Talmi, and Franz-Paul Decker.

Flautist Nadia Labrie is a member of Similia with her twin sister Annie Labrie, named “the world’s best flute and guitar duo” by Classical Guitar Magazine UK. She has recorded four Cds with Similia under the Analekta label (Cantabile, Nota del Sol, Fantasia, Dolce Vita). Nota de Sol won the 2004 Félix Award for Instrumental Album of the Year, awarded by ADISQ (the Quebec Recording Industry Association); and Fantasia was nominated for a 2006 Félix for Best Classical Recording. Since 1998, Similia has gained international recognition, performing some 500 concerts in Japan, China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Bosnia-Herzegovina, France, Mexico, Guatemala, United States, and Canada.

Guest appearances on numerous radio and television programs around the world, including broadcasts of her concerts on CBC Television and Radio (English and French), Bravo, the Biography Channel and CCTV
(Asia), have raised Nadia’s profile. She has been passionate about sharing her love of music with music lovers of all cultures.

Nadia was also a judge at the Canadian Music Competition and was presented with an Emerging Citizen award from the Lieutenant-Governor of Québec and the president of Québec’s Canada Celebrations Committee, astronaut and federal MP Marc Garneau.